The second annual College Signing Day in late April celebrated the academic achievements of over 800 graduating seniors and 500 eighth graders who will be among the first in their families to pursue higher education.
Inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day, the event focuses on giving academics as much significance as achievement in athletics. Students are encouraged to prepare themselves for career opportunities by completing a professional training program, acquire a certificate or an associate degree at a community college or complete a degree at a college or university.
UT Austin’s Dr. David Laude welcomed students to the campus. Other dignitaries included Austin Mayor Steve Adler, President Colette Pierce Burnette of Huston-Tillotson University, Provost Charles Cook of Austin Community College, superintendents Dr. Paul Cruz of Austin ISD, Dr. Jodi Duron of Elgin ISD and Dr. Douglas Killian of Hutto ISD. District school board members, higher education leaders, community leaders, funders and philanthropists were also present to show their support for the Class of 2016.